Many Occupy L.A. protesters arrested during demonstrations in recent months are being offered a unique chance to avoid court trials: pay $355 to a private company for a lesson in free speech.
Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Atty. William Carter said the city won’t press charges against protesters who complete the educational program offered by American Justice Associates.
“The 1st Amendment is not absolute,” he said, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled government can regulate when, where and how free speech can be exercised.
But a civil rights attorney who has worked closely with the protesters called the class “patronizing,” and said the demonstrators who were arrested are the last people needing free-speech training.”There they were exercising their 1st Amendment, their lawful right to protest nonviolently,” said attorney Cynthia Anderson-Barker.
There have been more than 350 arrests at Occupy demonstrations in Los Angeles since protesters first set up camp outside City Hall in October.
The tuition will go to the company, not the city, officials say.
Welcome to fucking Los Angeles. Ain’t it lovely.
"The 1st Amendment is not absolute,” he said, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled government can regulate when,...
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU AMERICA?! Lessons in free speech? How the hell is it free then? If you literally pay...
I support nonviolent protests. Plain and simple.
Well that’s some bullshit.
This absolutely reeks of corruption. Fuck you very much.
This is all kinds of infuriating and just plain wrong. I can’t even begin to describe the anger I feel reading this.